The historic production, with sets by Mestres Cabanes, returns to the Liceu with Rowley, Margaine and Meade

Aida as our parents, grandparents and great-grandparents saw it, set against the hyper-realist scenery designed in 1945 by the Catalan artist from Manresa, Josep Mestres Cabanes. This splendid creation of the great Catalan school of set design emphasizes the grandeur – and also the intimacy – of Verdi's third-before-last opera, remaining true to the historicist tradition without ever lapsing into kitsch.

In his tensely dramatic Aida, the 58-year-old Verdi displays his colossal strength and musical and theatrical savoir-faire to relate the love triangle that causes Aida, Amneris and Radamès to pursue their passion, love and hatred to the very last consequences. The background of Ancient Egypt –  the work was written to mark the opening of the Suez Canal – provides the excuse for the grandiose choral and symphonic scenes, which alternate with exquisite arias throughout the extensive score.

The Liceu debut of American soprano Angela Meade.


Opera in four acts. Libretto by Antonio Ghislanzoni. World premiere: 24/12/1871 at the Cairo Opera House. First Barcelona performance: 16/04/1876 at the Teatre Principal. First Liceu performance: 25/02/1877. Last Liceu performance: 30/07/2012. Number of Liceu performances: 456.

Artistic profile

Gustavo Gimeno
Stage director
Thomas Guthrie
Set design
Mestres Cabanes
Franca Squarciapino
Angelo Smimmo
Lighting design
Albert Faura
Gran Teatre del Liceu
Symphony Orchestra and Chorus of the Liceu Opera Barcelona
Director of the Chorus
Conxita Garcia


The KingMariano Buccino
AmnerisClémentine Margaine13th,16th,19th,22th,27th,30th January and 1th February
Judit Kutasi14th,17th,20th,23th,28th,31th January and 2th February
AidaAngela Meade13th,16th,19th,22th,27th,30th January and 1th February
Jennifer Rowley14th,17th,20th,23th,28th,31th January and 2th February
RadamèsYonghoon Lee13th,16th,19th,22th,27th,30th January and 1th February
Luciano Ganci14th,17th,20th,23th,28th,31th January and 2th February
RamfisKwangchul Youn13th,16th,19th,22th,27th,30th January and 1th February
Marko Mimica14th,17th,20th,23th,28th,31th January and 2th February
AmonasroMarco Vratogna13th,16th,19th,22th,27th,30th January and 1th February
Franco Vassallo14th,17th,20th,23th,28th,31th January and 2th February
A messengerJosep Fadó
High PriestessBerna Perles

Cast change

  • Soprano Jennifer Rowley will sing the tittle role in Verdi's Aida, replacing Anna Pirozzi, who decided to cancel her performances due to the fact that she will remove this role from her repertoire after the summer.

January 2020

13Monday20:00Turn Abuy
14Tuesday20:00Turn PEbuy
16Thursday20:00Turn Hbuy
17Friday20:00Turn PBbuy
19Sunday17:00Turn Tbuy
20Monday20:00Turn PAbuy
22Wednesday20:00Turn Gbuy
23Thursday20:00Turn Bbuy
27Monday20:00Turn Dbuy
28Tuesday20:00Turn PCbuy
30Thursday20:00Turn Ebuy

February 2020

1Saturday20:00Turn Cbuy
2Sunday17:00Turn PDbuy

Prelude 4m
First act 36m
Interval 30m
Second act 45m
Interval 20m
Third act 35m
Interval 20m
Fourth act 35m

Approximate running time 4h

Information of Interest

Briefing session

Audience briefing session in the Foyer 45 minutes before the opera begins.

Reasons not to miss'AIDA'

  • One of Verdi's finest operas, suitable for all ages: the best possible way of celebrating the festive season.
  • Grandeur and intimacy in an emotion-packed plot.
  • A love triangle set in Ancient Egypt.
  • An Aida for all times, in a classical production.
  • This emblematic Liceu show transports us from the 21st century back to the 1940s.